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Position Announcement Frank Allen 09 Nov 2005 17:33 UTC

Collection Development and Acquisitions Services, Department Head

The University of Central Florida (UCF) Libraries, Orlando, seeks a Head of Collection Development and Acquisitions Services.   The department coordinates the collection development policies, evaluates the libraries' collections, acquires library resources in all formats, and includes binding, preservation and gifts units.   This position reports to the Associate Director for Collections and Technical Services.  Expected performance includes active participation in the intellectual life and administrative activities of the Libraries and University and maintaining a record of professional contribution.  The acquisitions budget is 5.3 million dollars, of which 2 million is spent on electronic resources.  The Library is currently migrating to the Ex Libris ALEPH LMS.

Responsibilities: Responsible for the overall management of Collection Development and Acquisitions Department  which consists of  a staff of two and a half other professionals and thirteen paraprofessionals plus student assistants.  Hire, train, and supervise staff and conduct performance reviews:  administer operations for purchasing of print, non-print, electronic monographs and serials; coordinate the collection development activities of 18 librarians in a librarian/faculty liaison model; direct the workflow of the department to accomplish its tasks; provide leadership for a knowledgeable staff in an environment of anticipated change; develop and implement departmental policies and procedures; create a positive work environment.  Together with the Associate Director for Collections and Technical Services, and the Department Head of Cataloging Services set priorities, allocate resources, and develop plans, policies and practices to enhance the access and use of all library resources at all locations.

Qualifications: Required: Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school; experience in collection development or acquisitions work; experience with an integrated library system; record of increased management responsibilities; ability to manage multiple responsibilities in a dynamic and changing environment; commitment to enhancing services through teamwork and responsiveness to clients.  Preferred:  Knowledge of standard selection and evaluation methods and tools; experience with approval plans, monographic and serials ordering; experience with acquisitions budget projections, allocations and reports; experience with library technology applications; record of professional contributions.

Environment: The University of Central Florida is a rapidly growing metropolitan university located thirteen miles east of downtown Orlando.  UCF has 44,000 students, 4,700 employees, and serves a metropolitan population of 1.5 million residents. The university offers 86 bachelor's, 68 master's, and 24 doctoral programs and confers about 7,000 degrees a year.  The main library has a collection of over 1.5 million volumes and is a partial depository for government documents and patents.  The library materials budget is $5.3 million.  The staff of 123 includes a library faculty of 47.  UCF offers an exciting and vibrant academic environment with growing collections, advanced technology, and an expanding campus.

Salary and Rank: Commensurate with experience and qualifications. This is a full-time, non-tenure track faculty position with generous health insurance benefits and retirement options.

To Apply: Submit resume, names of at least three professional references, and a letter explaining the applicant's experience and qualifications for this position postmarked by November 30, 2005 to: Cynthia Kisby, Personnel Librarian, University of Central Florida Libraries, e-mail:
Finalists will be asked to give a brief presentation during the on-campus interview. Searches are conducted in accordance with the State of Florida open-records laws.  UCF is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer.